18 Sep 2008

What else would you be doing at 1.30am on Monday mornings?

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The Open University presents ‘Up All Night: The Naked Scientists’

TX: 1.30am, Monday September 22, BBC Radio 5 Live; Open2.net and iTunes

The Open University presents science at its most revealing. Chris Smith and The Naked Scientists in ‘Up All Night: The Naked Scientists’ start a new series on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Photo Perry Hastings

Photo Perry Hastings

Prophets of Physics, Czars of Chemistry and Biology bosses, The Naked Scientists are one of radio’s best-kept secrets. Sciencing to within an inch of their lives on the BBC Eastern Region since 2003, the problem with best-kept secrets is that not many people know them, but that is all to change with ‘Up All Night: The Naked Scientists’.

The Open University and BBC Radio 5 Live have taken Chris Smith and his particle-accelerated posse out of Sunday evening slippers and lab-coat comfort-zone in Cambridge and given them a small but perfectly formed section of 30 earth minutes during ‘Up All Night’ from 1.30am on BBC Radio 5 Live Monday mornings for the next 20 weeks to have their wicked, well-researched, way with.

The science news stories of the week disembowelled and analysed to within an inch of their lives? Check. Fascinating studio guests probed more expertly than a spaceship full of Greys? Check. Experiments and listener’s own science questions answered? Erm, we’ll get back to you on that.

‘Up All Night: The Naked Scientists’ takes The Open University, BBC Radio 5 Live and even science itself to a strange and wonderful new place. We’d love you to join us.

Host Chris Smith, who once demonstrated on live national television why noses make snot, said: “This is a scientist’s dream – a national stage to translate the mysterious ways of the universe and have fun doing it. We think you’ll find it can be quite addictive. And if you’re not allowed to stay up with the big kids, our podcast is always available.”

Peter Taylor, Professor of Organic Chemistry with The Open University and academic adviser on the programme said: “Naked Scientists gives people a chance to understand why things happen in our world in an entertaining way and is a part of the OU’s commitment to bring learning programmes to everyone.”

Editor’s Notes

‘Up All Night: The Naked Scientists’ is a Fully Funded Open University production for BBC Radio 5 Live.

The first episode of the series will broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live, 693, 909 MW, on digital TV, online, on digital radio at 1.30am on Monday September 22.

The series presenter and producer is Chris Smith. Executive Producer for the BBC is Howard Benson. Executive Producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy. The Open University Academic Advisers are Professor Peter Taylor and Dr James Bruce.

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.

All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.

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